December 17, 2018 / 4:46 AM / 2 months ago

MIDEAST - Factors to watch - December 17

DUBAI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares hobbled by mounting risks to global growth

* MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar gains on QAMCO debut, most Gulf markets fall

* Brent crude dips on global economy worries, U.S. oil prices steady

* PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge down as firm dollar weighs

* EXPLAINER-Is Yemen finally on the road to peace?

* Yemen warring parties say port city ceasefire starts on Tuesday

* Turkey would consider working with Assad if he won a democratic Syrian election

* Sudan’s president is first Arab leader to visit Syria since crisis

* Afghan Taliban say will meet U.S. officials in UAE on Monday

SAUDI ARABIA

* Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position on Khashoggi -statement

* Canada is looking for a way out of big Saudi arms deal, says PM

* Saudi telecom operators agree annual royalty fees

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

* UAE central bank says to support Invest Bank with all available liquidity facilities

* UAE president orders reshuffle of central bank’s board of directors, governor to remain

QATAR

* Qatar considering increasing its stake in Deutsche Bank -Handelsblatt

* Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 bln in U.S. in major expansion

* Shares of Qatar Aluminium surge above IPO price on debut

KUWAIT

* Kuwait’s National Petroleum studies new oil refinery - oil ministry

OMAN

* Oman signs exploration agreements with Occidental Petroleum

BAHRAIN

* Bahrain foreign minister defends Australia’s decision on Jerusalem (Reporting By Dubai newsroom)

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